One of my favorite joking statements is, “I’m falling apart, won’t you join me?”

Our pin loom squares, while not falling apart, still need to be joined if you want to produce some sort of finished product. There are many ways to join squares: duct tape, glue, sewing machine . . . But for a more organic result, you’ll most likely want to use yarn. And why not use those pesky ends that need to be woven in anyway? (My friend prefers to not use yarn tails because of the danger of puckering the squares as she pulls the stitches, so that’s something to consider.)

Mattress Stitch

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I think I had islands on my mind on 12 October—the West Indies, Saint Marie, Puerto Rico . . . This pattern is also named after the letter I because I wove that variation first. (A lot of my patterns come out I-shaped; it’s one way to break up repetitive rows.)

These are all the patterns I made up 12-14 Oct. Many are variations of the “Isles” basic pattern. The whitish one shows up more dramatically on the dark background.

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This is another pattern designed on 12 Oct. I’m not sure it’s new, but it might be (it’s hard to not reinvent the same things). I called it unbound because I’d usually continue the diamond pattern off the edges of the square.

Unbound Diamonds

Unbound Diamonds

Sample: CSS “Pistachio”

R1: P
R2: P8, U3, P9, U3, P8
R3: P6, U3, O1, U3, P5, U3, O1, U3, P6
R4: P4, U3, P5, U3, O1, U3, P5, U3, P4
R5: P2, (U3, P9) x 2, U3, P2
R6: Rpt R4
R7: Rpt R3
R8: Rpt R2
R9: Rpt R3
R10: Rpt R4
R11: Rpt R5
R12: Rpt R4
R13: Rpt R3
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

Even though it’s 不行 (bùxíng) these days to talk about Columbus Day, I was raised on it. October 12 we remember him; I respect the man. No disrespect meant to any Native Americans or First Nation people; I don’t know what they call the holiday now and I respect their claim that this land didn’t exactly need to be discovered, but I’m glad we others got to come here.

The first pattern I designed on 12 Oct I called “Santa Maria,” which is funny because I was watching Death in Paradise at the time which takes place on the isle of Saint Marie.

Santa Maria

Santa Maria

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For this demonstration I used the 2″ triangle loom. I photographed every row and the finished product. (I apologize for the stained fingernails; that happened while I was painting the yarn.)

The same instructions apply to the 4″ and 6″ triangle looms. The pin numbers will be different according to loom size.

Yardage requirements and L4 pin wrap measurements for each loom size are found in the Pin Wraps and Yardage tab at the top of this blog.

Secure yarn to loom (or you can leave it hanging loose). I tied a slip knot and looped it over a 1-2 edge pin near Cr1. Take yarn alongside 1-3 edge pins up to Cr3 and wrap two pins (#13 and #12).

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For the outline pumpkin it’s OK to use high contrast yarn. I think the Fall Banner will look better with solid-fill patterns than outlines, but this Pumpkin Outline might be useful for other purposes.

The Pumpkin Outline is a more natural pumpkin shape, not uniform from side to side.

Pumpkin Outline — Right Stem

Sample — L1-3: RHS “Tangerine,” L4: YBSS “Olive”

Pumpkin Outline — Left Stem

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